The Chicago White Sox have invited back some of their Minor League affiliates.
The Chicago White Sox have become a team that is great at developing its players. They have just recently started drafting better and building their organization the right way. Rick Hahn has rebuilt this team from the ground up and the Minor League teams played a big hand in it. They didn’t have a season in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic but it sounds like they are going to be back soon. The White Sox announced that they have extended invitations to four of them to bring back.
The Charlotte Knights (AAA), Birmingham Barons (AA), Winston-Salem Dash (Class A), and Kannapolis Cannonballers (Class A) are the four teams that received invitations from the Chicago White Sox. They have all been with the White Sox for a long time now. Charlotte has been with the White Sox since 1999, Birmingham has been since 1986, Winston-Salem since 1997, and Kannapolis since 2001.
That is a long time to have the same group of teams and the White Sox are lucky to have them survive all of this. The White Sox need this group to keep building what they are building. They have all been so good at helping since the White Sox decided to rebuild in 2016.
Studs like Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, and Michael Kopech have made their way through almost the entire system. That speaks volumes to the fact that the Sox use these teams wisely and have great people working down there.
The Sox are incredibly talented at the MLB level but the key to sustained success is keeping a strong Minor League system ready to go for whenever they need it. Having them locked in is the number one most important thing right now and these invitations to have them back are a good sign. It has been a tough year for a lot of people/businesses so hopefully, this will help them.
It isn’t a perfect day for MiLB because of the fact that a lot of teams had big changes with their minor league systems. There was a complete reorganization to the Minor League system and the White Sox were lucky enough to get four teams that have been affiliated with them for a long time. Now we just have to wait for them to review the invitations and should have answers early in 2021. For now, we can be happy that they get to keep four teams they have used for a while.